At his restaurant Calima, in Marbella, Chef García serves a cherry gazpacho with anchovies and another, made with green tomatoes and ginger, that he garnishes by turning an essence of crab coral into a type of gelée."Is it a food? With all its different ingredients and colors and textures, gazpacho offers so many possibilities," Garcia says."It gives you a chance to be really creative." Creative indeed. It wasn't a revolution; it was an evolution."Gazpacho is one of the most venerable of Spanish recipes, a concoction that dates at least as far back as the 8th century, when the Muslims who ruled al-Andalus (as they dubbed Spain) introduced a cold soup made of ground almonds, bread crumbs, oil, and vinegar to the local culinary repertoire.
Enthusiasts started driving across state lines to find stores still selling the original Coke.When Robert Underwood, a Seattle electrician, ran out of Postum recently he scanned the shelves of his local grocery where he'd been buying his supply for the past 30 years. In some cases, if the consumer response is broad enough, a product can earn a second life."I feel as if a friend has died," posted George Seeley on one of many Postum online bulletins. But with the advent of online communication, consumers not quite ready to let go are showing their discontent by writing blogs, selling hoarded supplies at marked-up prices, and sharing recipes and tips.Among Spain's high-end chefs as well, gazpacho presents a seemingly endless range of possibilities.And no chef today is more famous for his whimsical – and delicious – interpretations than Dani García.For the world's most innovative chef, it all started with gazpacho. For centuries, gazpacho was subsistence food, a dish that peasants could make from leftover stale bread, a few drops of olive oil, and a tomato or two plucked from a scraggly garden. A 2007 survey showed that 74 percent of Spaniards regularly eat gazpacho as a first course in summer.